White Bean and Ham-Bone Stew

Summary: This recipe is an easy and satisfying way to transform leftover ham and a ham bone into a hearty meal. Start this classic soup by simmering a ham bone or ham hocks with water to create a savory broth.

1 pound dried cannellini beans or navy, great northern
3 1/2 quarts (14 cups) water, plus more for soaking the beans
1 meaty smoked ham bone or 2 ham hocks (about 1 pound)
3 fresh thyme sprigs or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
2 medium carrots
2 medium potatoes
2 medium celery stalks
1 medium yellow onion
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
1 1/2 cups medium-dice, fully cooked smoked ham (about 8 ounces)
Freshly ground black pepper

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